Tag Archive: Assembly

Feb 14 2014

Losing a leader; Iannece’s term ends as CB chair

IanneceJerry Iannece, chairman of CB 11 and former candidate for City Council and State Assembly, will be giving up his volunteer post due to mandated term limits.

It’s rather unfortunate that we have term limits on the local level particularly in this case when good people whom actually do a great job in this volunteer role and yet there are no term limits on the state level where incompetent  legislators can collect a public salary and run again and again.

When anyone is in power for a long time, they get comfortable and complacent. We need new ideas and fresh perspectives, but Iannece was an exception to this rule and has overseen many successful projects including the remediation of Oakland Lake. He was always on call and knowledgable about local issues and he wasn’t on the public dime.

It’s not likely he’ll step too far away from this, after all activism and a desire to serve never really go away but it’s still sad to see an effective leader have to step down when state legislators can run again and again. Surely it’s comparing apples and oranges – bringing into question a whole bunch of upstate vs. downstate organizational procedure, but if a great volunteer community board chairman like Jerry Iannece has to step down then so should our Assemblymembers and Senators, good or bad.

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Aug 21 2013

The Experience of a Republican Running For Queens Assembly By Abe Fuchs

398484_2768903628325_963663312_nOne-time Queens Assembly candidate, Abe Fuchs, discusses the role of religious and ethnic voting blocs in contemporary elections and rebukes one-party dominance in favor of a game changing scenario where change could be brought about through  solidarity in terms of party registration.

Fuchs ran as a Republican against incumbent Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and lost by a wide margin. His on the ground experience set him on a course to enroll orthodox Republicans and would-be Republicans into the Democratic Party to remain competitive while maximizing their voice in the hopes of swaying the results of Democratic primary elections.

Let us know how it goes Abe!
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Aug 01 2012

999 Candidate Removed From The Ballot

Wrong bridge buddy.

John Scandalios, a grassroots candidate that once announced a run for City Council (but realized it wasn’t until 2013), and then threw his hat into the ring for Grace Meng’s Assembly seat, has been removed from the ballot by the Board of Elections.

Following tumultuous court proceedings where Scondo, the owner of a comic book store, hurled accusations of a conspiracy theory, the Board decided it’s not going to happen.

Scondo, as he is affectionately  known, came on the scene touting a record of civic accomplishments from the early 90′s. He was seen during petition period gathering signatures at the Broadway Train Station on the LIRR from anyone that was unfortunate enough to pass by. His petitions were white in color despite running as a Democrat.

For months prior to the petition period he went on the attack against Grace Meng, often boycotting the issues in favor of hurtful nonsense on her FB page. He would show up at locations outside the district and piggyback off any events where he saw the chance to steal the limelight and catch a headline in his signature crass manner.

He was also a vocal supporter of Liz Crowley, which no one really understood.

He could still run as a write-in candidate. How whimsical would that be?

 

 

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Jul 12 2012

Yen files 3,200 signatures

Flushing, NY –  July 10, 2012, at 3:00 pm, Yen Chou, candidate for the 40th Assembly District, officially filed her qualifying petitions with the New York City Board of Elections, with over 3,200 signatures.

“I would like to thank all my volunteers and the registered voters of our community for allowing me to qualify to represent the 40th Assembly District,” stated Ms. Chou. “We now need to move forward and work to unify our community toward the best we can be.”

Yen Chou is now focusing on raising the funds necessary to get the vote out on Election Day, Thursday, September 13, 2012.

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Jun 27 2012

The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

Come on, you wanna go to war, we take you to war, okay? -Tony Montana

Congressional candidate Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) today congratulated his Democratic opponent, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, on her victory in last night’s Primary and basically drew the line in the sand.

This is his official statement.

“I look forward to discussing our unique visions for Queens. Assemblywoman Meng wants to raise taxes and increase spending. I want to lower taxes and fees and spend responsibly. Assemblywoman Meng wants another failed government stimulus, bailing out corporations and failed fiscal policies. I want to help the private sector create working-class union jobs and grow our economy. Assemblywoman Meng wants to cut New York City’s share of anti-terror funding from Washington to punish the NYPD. I want to protect those dollars and keep our City and its police officers and firefighters safe.”

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Jun 01 2012

GOP hopeful declines to run against Braunstein

For want of a nail the kingdom was lost.

Recently the Queens GOP tapped Ralph Cefalo, a resident of Malba, to run against freshman Assembly member Ed Braunstein, but it’s not going to happen.

“It was all about timing…just look how late in the game the redistricting is,” said Cefalo who refused to be a ‘sacrificial lamb’ just to be the token resistance to another term for Braunstein.

Cefalo cites the lengthy redistricting process and the exclusion of his voting base as the key factor in his decision.  “The areas where I would have been strongest – including Malba and Malba Gardens – are no longer in the district.”

Cefalo also believes there was not enough time to mount an effective campaign time before the lines were finalized.

In the meantime he will be helping Councilman Dan Halloran’s congressional campaign in areas where Halloran is not so strong including Glendale, Middle Village, and Forest Hills.

“I’ll be helping Dan to see what I can do for him,” said Cefalo.

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Ralph Cefalo’s letter:

My Fellow Republicans, after much reflection and discussion with both family and close advisors, I have chosen not to seek election in the 26th Assembly District.   There are a number of reasons for this decision.   Among the reasons is the fact that due to the recently redrawn district lines, come next January my family and I will no longer reside in the 26th Assembly District.   Additionally, the assembly position is not the seat that I initially sought to run for and I feel that at this time it is too late to begin a campaign for the assembly. 

I will continue to support Republican candidates and work with them to achieve success in November.  I firmly believe in the ideals and values of the Republican Party and have been a staunch supporter for the past thirty-five [35] years.  I thank the leadership of the Queens GOP for asking me to run for the assembly.   Most importantly, I thank all those who have faith and confidence in me.   Rest assured that as I have in the past, moving forward I will continue to work for our community.

 

Thank You and May God Bless America

 

Ralph M. Cefalo 

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Apr 03 2012

Community Board Chairman Declares Run for Rory’s Seat

Tenth time is the charm :)

The Chairman of Community Board 11 is ready to take on Lancman’s Assembly seat should the universe fall in order.

From Bayside Patch: Long-time Community  Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece has launched his campaign for the  District 25 Assembly seat.

Iannece, a Bayside Hills Democrat who previously ran for City Council  in 2001  and 2009, said he has  been approached by Queens Democratic leaders about  making a bid for  the assembly.

You can read his full announcement below:

After the urging of numerous local civic and community leaders  and after consulting with his family and friends, long time northeast  Queens Civic Leader and Community Board Chairman Jerry Iannece is  announcing that he is launching an exploratory committee to run for the  newly created open 25th Assembly District seat.

“I am flattered and humbled by the sheer volume of calls from  local elected officials, civic and community leaders and activists who  have all urged me to run for the 25th Assembly seat.

Click here for the full story….

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Lancman Battles Education Cuts

Lancman steps up to the plate to rescue Beacon programs from doomsday budget cuts.

Assemblyman Lancman writes  to Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav to express concern regarding the possible elimination of Beacon programs for the youth of his district. Queens-Politics is curious, of all the cuts in all the world, why are critical education and after school programs even considered for the chopping block? Luckily the students and parents of the 25th A.D have Rory as an advocate in their corner. Stay tuned for the follow up.

Statement from Rory Lancman: “The proposed elimination of the Parsons and Samuel Field Beacon after-school programs is very troubling to me and to parents across the district. These programs are not merely childcare services – they are engaging programs that provide educational support and character development for over 2,200 students in the area. Numerous studies demonstrate that after-school programs can improve classroom achievement, test scores, school attendance, student behavior, and can help close the achievement gap. These programs are essential to the success of students in my area, and I urge that neither Beacon be shuttered.”

 

 

 

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Dec 08 2011

Egalitarian Bill Moving Forward In Albany, Queens Set For Job Growth

 

New legislation that passed both houses in Albany is being hailed as an early Christmas present for the stagnant state economy.

The new plan includes something to appease everyone from Long Island Republicans to inner city Democrats. Parts of Queens are set to benefit. Below is a statement from the Governor on the initiative even though the actual language of the bill is still under consideration:

”The agreement includes support for a comprehensive New York Works Agenda that will create thousands of jobs with new investments in New York’s infrastructure; passing a fair tax reform plan that achieves the first major restructuring of the tax code in decades, resulting in a tax cut for 4.4 million middle-class New York taxpayers; approving $50 million in additional relief for areas devastated by recent floods; and reducing the MTA payroll tax to provide relief for small businesses.” 

The plan was backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which the state Senate passed 55-0 Wednesday night and the Assembly approved 130-8 early Thursday.

The new tax breaks will go to most households with annual earnings of $40,000 to $300,000, or single filers making $20,000 to $150,000 a year.

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Nov 14 2011

Steve Behar, Leader of Progressive Politics

Steve is motivated by his heart, and a passion for good government. This is what sets him apart from the other guys.

Sometimes the good guy doesn’t win.

For those of you who don’t know, Steve Behar ran in the democratic primary for Assembly District 26. He didn’t win, but now Steve is having a more positive and influential effect on national and state policy making than many sitting incumbents.

What’s he been up to since an unsuccessful bid for State Assembly? Plenty, and he’s worth keeping your eye on.

Steve has been very active with the 99% movement at Zucotti park. He’s a member of The Alternative Banking Working Group, a committee that is part of Occupy Wall Street.

The ABWG is a voluntary organization. Its members are a very impressive group of Ivy League finance professors, attorneys, former investment bankers, and members from the financial press, even diplomats.

Steve and I agree that traditional media has a tendency to portray the 99% demonstrators as pot-smoking hippies.  This is not accurate. It’s a stereotype and you’ll sound like a fool for proliferating it.

The group, which meets every week, is exploring options  like encouraging people to transfer their money to other institutions whether mutually owned or for profit community banks and credit unions.

“We are creating new alternative financial institutions that better serve the community, and we are currently working on a regulatory regime that will be more stable to avoid future financial crisis,” said Behar.

Out of all of these candidates for Assembly, Steve Behar is the only one who was extremely knowledgable about public policy making. His former opponents have also admitted this to me, ex post facto of course.

I campaigned against Steve in the Democratic Primary for AD 26. We called him the one-man army. Little did I know that Steve is extremely knowledgeable and well spoken about public policy.

After getting to know him in the past few months (we went down to Occupy together a number of times and I’ve interviewed him for a few different outlets) I have come to realize in hindsight that Steve knew more about the issues than any other candidate.  He is an expert policy professional and I regret that he is not representing us in the Assembly right now.

Behar is well qualified to advocate for increased transparency in government. He has earned a Bachelors degree in Economics and Political Science from Albany University, an MBA in Finance and Management from Tulane University, a J.D from Tulane and an LLM in Securities and Financial regulation from Georgetown University.

Steve has traveled the country with the New York Democratic Lawyers Council making sure that everyone gets a chance to vote and that there are no irregularities at the polls. Steve was the lead election protection lawyer for Hillary Clinton in northern New Hampshire, as well as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s run for Congress in Dutchess County. Steve was also influential in the Howard Dean campaign of 2004.

During the 2011 election, Steve was an aide to Queens-born Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages who ousted a 16-year incumbent. His expertise in ballot security operations came in handy when the Republican party handed lists of voters to poll workers at every poll site that were meant to be challenged.

“Republicans said that they sent mail to those names on the lists because that they didn’t  believe they lived in the district anymore,” said Behar.

Was it coincidence that every voter on the list was a person of color?  No one knows for sure.

I asked him, “That’s not normal procedure, is it Steve?” and he replied, “In Nassau County it is!”

For more information see GOP Thug Uses Nasty Intimidation Tactics In Nassau County Race.

Steve is not planning to run for office anytime soon. While his advocacy for good government is well known throughout national politics, Steve is a local voice with strong community roots in Bayside where he is also a member of Community Board 11, the place he calls home.

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Nov 10 2011

Weprin asks Who’s Your Daddy?

From CrainsNYFrom NY Daily News: State Assemblyman David I. Weprin on Sunday called for a change in state law that bars adoptees from seeing to their birth records.

Weprin said he is sponsoring the “Adoptees Bill of Rights” bill to give adoptees access to their birth certificate and medical records once they turn 18. Weprin said birth records are sealed and kept by the state Department of Health once someone is adopted.

“This bill would allow adoptees, when they turn 18, access to their original birth certificate,” Weprin, joined by adoptive advocates, said Sunday on the steps of City Hall. “It is time these archaic laws be amended to reflect our current reality.”

Adult adoptees must go through the courts to get their records – a costly move with no guarantee of success, adoptive advocates said.

For Full Article: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/assemblyman-david-weprin-calls-change-state-give-adoptees-access-birth-records-article-1.973061

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Oct 21 2011

Two Queens Candidates File For A “Run”


Born in Manhattan and raised in Queens, Justin Wax Jacobs is a lifelong resident of Briarwood. The recent graduate of the University at Albany has filed a campaign committee. Generally seen by insiders as tantamount to running for office.

 

From City Hall News,

 Justin Wax Jacobs looks like he’s giving politics another crack. The 22-year-old recently registered a campaign committee to run in 2012 against Queens Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, after getting tossed from the ballot on the most minor of technicalities in the recent special election for the seat. The young politico gathered 1,600 signatures in six days to run as an independent, but was by the Board of Elections because he failed to write the correct district number on the top of every page – becoming a poster boy for a broken system. 

 

 

 

 

Silverstein is keeping his options open.

 

 Matt Silverstein, the former president of both the New York and Queens Young Democrats, took a step towards joining the fray to take on Republican Councilman Dan Halloran in 2013. Silverstein registered a campaign committee this week and may face off against several 2009 contenders for the seat.

 Silverstein said in an email he was simply keeping his “options open,” according to City Hall News.

 

 

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Oct 20 2011

Queens-Politics Endorses Carrie Solages For Nassau County Legislator

Carrie Solages is running for Legislature in Nassau County. You should support him.

It’s not in Queens, but readers have encouraged me to look into the case of Carrie Solages, a Queens born Democrat running for Nassau County’s third legislative district in Elmont, Long Island that borders our borough.

They are the legislative arm of Nassau County. Like a City Council Member, but across the border.

Carrie’s campaign has faced the malevolent thrust of the GOP machine. The powers that be gave a tacit endorsement to send thug Vinny Prisco to harass the campaign with racist and sexist taunts, allegedly. While opponent James Ciotti, a Republican is under damage control, the Carrie campaign is moving forward.

Carrie is asking tough questions:

“How should the county solve its budget crisis? Should the police unions and the Civil Service Employees Association make contract concessions? Should county services be cut? Should there be a tax increase? Should the County eliminate its guarantee to refund other taxing districts’ (including school districts) share of property taxes paid in error due to County assessment errors?

This is an exciting time for our community to get real jobs that we need and have a real economic boost which we are desperate for,” Carrie said in an email.

Carrie is an attorney, former Bronx prosecutor and lifelong resident of Elmont. He graduated Georgetown University where he studied International History. He is also the former vice president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. He was born in Jamaica, Queens and raised in Elmont.

Carrie has grown wary of politics as usual and decided to throw his hat in the ring to bring Nassau County in the 21st Century. He has a plan to bring jobs into the community and is an avid supporter of programs to support young students. Quality of life issues are a top concern, as is zoning, two critical issues a local legislative candidate should always include as part of their proposal for county government.

Cuts will be tough this year, they are all across New York state. Carrie knows we have to make a sacrifice, but these cuts should come from the top, not from public transportation and first responders. Privatization is not the answer.

Carrie is the reform candidate running against the machine.

Queens Politics makes it a point to endorse candidates that are courageous enough to standup in the face of adversity. Elect Carrie and it will help change the state-wide balance of power in our favor. For these reasons and more, Queens-Politics is proud to endorse Carrie Solages for Nassau County Legislator.

Vote Carrie Solages November 8th!

Carrie Solages keeps his ear to the beat of the neighborhood.

 

 

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Oct 17 2011

Lew Simons of The World Getting Attention

Hon. Lew Simon. Democratic District Leader 23rd A.D. Part B, best known for chasing raccoons says he will keep the mustache at all costs. This is an important man.

Shocking: Democratic clubs with ten members get to choose Mayoral Candidate.

Who’s canoodling for attention these days? I’ll tell you. The following ‘candidates’ are competing for Queens party boss Joe Crowley’s attention – and to a lesser degree Brooklyn party boss Vito Lopez.

How are they doing it? Visiting local Democratic Clubs, flirting with District Leaders, even the one’s with a few screws loose, according to insiders.

District Leaders heavily influence the Democratic party’s nomination process. In Queens, it’s tantamount to election. Political hopefuls, or more often than not, party insiders get the endorsement, which some call a corronation. Many of these clubs barely qualify as clubs. It’s pathetic, but standard procedure.

It’s that time of year. So expect a visit from these candidates at your local political club.

For those of you in multiple clubs expect to hear the same speech.

Here they are:

  1. Quinn
  2. Liu
  3. Thompson
  4. Avella
  5. de Blasio

“Joe Crowley will need disinfectant because everyone will be kissing his ring.”

What is a District Leader?

A District leader is an unpaid elected party position. District Leaders often arise from political clubs. Each Assembly District has a male and female post and they serve for two years. Republicans too. Sometimes it’s a patronage post (have this so you stop crying about wanting to run when we already picked someone) and sometimes it’s a springboard for higher office. It’s like getting your foot in the door. DL’s reward loyalty by hiring poll workers. Some DL’s are more vocal and do great things for the community while others have questionable residencies. Generally I see them as little party whips. They play a role for endorsements during campaign season, help elected judges, and are generally political insiders.

For a great article on the duties of a District Leader read M. Burgo’s blog post on How To Pick A District Leader.

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Oct 11 2011

Controversial Ex-Pol Is Ready For Another Round…In Long Island!

Where Are They Now? Ann-Margaret Carrozza

AMC is the former State Assembly Member for Queens AD 26 (Bayside). She’s an elder law attorney and she lives in Glen Head, Long Island. Rumor has it she’s mulling a run for Assembly…and get this: where she actually lives this time in posh Nassau.

AMC did not run for reelection in 2010 amidst a residency scandal, and her exit opened up the books for now state Assembly Member Ed Braunstein who has a fake Twitter feed in his likeness of nearly 400 followers.

Ann-Margaret Carrozza is rumored to be making another run for Assembly... In Nassau County

Ed even kept AMC’s staff on board and took her old office. You know, in the name of reform. But I digress. What will AMC do now? Hmmm she was Deputy Whip, and never made a peep in Albany, so I presume she left on good terms with the powers that be.

I wonder was this part of a larger, long-term, calculated plan of Democratic strategy? You decide.

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